Making Time for Self-Care
Being a family caregiver is a fulltime job. In reality, many people who are family caregivers are already balancing a lot, like other fulltime jobs, a family, managing a household, etc. One of the things that become neglected while trying to balance all these responsibilities is self-care. Truthfully, it is very difficult to devote time to yourself when your schedule is already so busy. But caregivers should still take a moment to think if there is any possible way to set some time aside for their health. In this blog, we want to share some ways you can make time for self-care in your own life.
Self-care is defined as any kind of activity that is beneficial for your physical, emotional, and mental health. Self-care can me a lot of different things to different people. It can involve exercising, walking in a park, meditating, getting more sleep, reading a book, socializing with friends, watching your favorite movie, etc. Whatever activity helps alleviate stress and brings happiness is included under this wide-ranging term.
One of the barriers to self-care is not having enough time. In a lot of cases, people who are overwhelmed with a lot of responsibilities get caught up in the flurry of work, chores, and completing tasks. This is completely understandable, and only you can gauge how often you can spend time dong self-care. We hope to provide you with just a few tips on how you can squeeze in some self-care in your already busy schedule. Consider these tips:
Set Realistic Goals: This means being honest with yourself and what you can achieve given your available time and abilities. For example, if you work from 9 to 5, and have to care for your loved one before and after those hours, then you will probably have a hard time going to the gym every day after work. A realistic goal to set is to organize gym time on the weekends, or take a moment to go for a walk during your lunch breaks. If you want to do some self-care during the week, maybe you can practice meditation or light stretching before bed. Just try to be as accommodating to yourself as possible.
Ask for Help: Many people do not ask for help because they do not want to inadvertently inconvenience people. We want to emphasize this: You should ask for help when you need it. This could take the form of hiring a professional caregiver to come and care for your loved one, or it can mean asking a friend or family member to help out a few hours during the week. If you hire a caregiver or enlist a friend’s help, you can use this spare time to go and do things you want to do. Asking for help can make the biggest difference in the world. Remind yourself that it is not selfish to focus on your self-care. Stepping away from your role as a caregiver when your friends or a professional are stepping in to carry the burden can ultimately make you a better caregiver when you are back at it.
Talk to Friends: One of the unfortunate symptoms of caregiving is loneliness. This is because you are often very busy taking care of other responsibilities that it becomes hard to see friends. Make an effort to pick up the phone and give a friend a call. Or if a friend calls you, try to answer their call or call them back. Isolation and loneliness can make caregiving a lot more stressful than it already is. Make sure to stay connected with those you love.
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